Speech & Hearing Science, MA

for the degree of Master of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science

department head: Pamela Hadley, Ph.D.

director of graduate studies: Raksha Mudar, Ph.D.

overview of admissions & requirements: https://ahs.illinois.edu/master-of-arts-in-speech-&-hearing-science-clinical

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply

department website: https://ahs.illinois.edu/speech-&-hearing-science

program website: https://ahs.illinois.edu/master-of-arts-in-speech-&-hearing-science-clinical

department faculty: https://ahs.illinois.edu/shs-directory

college website: http://www.ahs.illinois.edu/

graduate support: Andrea Paceley

department office: 901 South Sixth Street, Room 103, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-2230

email: shs@illinois.edu

Graduate Degree Programs in Speech & Hearing Science

Audiology, AuD

Speech & Hearing Science, MA

Speech & Hearing Science, PhD

optional concentration (PhD only):

Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Arts, Doctor of Audiology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, with specialization in various aspects of audiology and speech-language pathology.  The Department of Speech and Hearing Science offers graduate programs of study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, and hearing science. The department prepares scientists and professionals who specialize in the study of perception and production of spoken, written, signed, and alternative communication and communication disorders, as well as dysphagia. Graduate degrees are offered at the master's and doctoral levels.


Although a B.A./B.S. in the field is not required for admission to the clinical M.A. or Au.D. programs, recommended background includes undergraduate credit in the following areas or their equivalents: phonetics, anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism, hearing science, speech science, speech pathology, audiology, and aural rehabilitation. The M.A. and Au.D. programs begin in the fall only.

For more information about admissions, see: https://ahs.illinois.edu/master-of-arts-in-speech-&-hearing-science-clinical

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

for the degree of Master of Arts in Speech & Hearing Science

In the Master of Arts degree program, students learn about speech-language pathology in medical and educational settings, as well as speech, language and hearing science. This degree may be taken as either a terminal degree or as preparation for further graduate study, including a doctoral degree. For students seeking a terminal degree, the Master of Arts program may be designed with or without clinical practicum experience.

The clinical program ensures clinical competence in speech-language pathology necessary for employment in a healthcare and educational settings, private practice, or industry. Successful completion of this program ensures that the student has met the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification and can choose to pursue the Illinois state certification required for speech-language pathology in the public schools. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The clinical MA program requires a minimum of 60 graduate hours. All students in the clinical program are required to take the following courses:

Clinical Program, Thesis or Non-thesis

SHS 410Stuttering: Theory & Practice4
SHS 430Devel & Disorders Phonol Artic4
SHS 431Lang Disorders Preschool Child4
SHS 470Neural Bases Spch Lang4
SHS 511Assessment and Management of Voice Disorders4
SHS 513Assessment and Management of Dysphagia4
SHS 514Motor Speech Disorders4
SHS 533Advanced Language Diagnostics2
SHS 534Aphasia and Related Disorders4
SHS 570Quant Reasoning Spch Hear Sci4
SHS 571Clinical Sociolinguistics4
SHS 579Prof/Eth/Legal Issues AuD/SLP3
SHS 592Prosem Spch & Hear Sci0
Elective hours (not including SHS 599) 10-12
Required Clinical Practica8-12
SHS 599Thesis Research (A thesis is optional, but if completed 0-8 hrs. may be applied)0-8
Total Hours60

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall:12 min
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12 min
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Clinical Program, Thesis or Non-thesis

The non-clinical MA program may prepare the student for employment in industry or for a doctoral program. This program requires 40 graduate hours. SHS 592 is required and the student must build a logical and coherent series of approved courses.

For a student seeking a non-terminal degree, the Master of Arts program enables the student to undertake fundamental coursework that will be an integral part of an overall doctoral program.

The student's program for the Master of Arts degree will be determined on an individual basis, taking into consideration the Graduate College and departmental requirements. A master's thesis should be part of a pre-doctoral student's plan of study.

SHS 592Prosem Spch & Hear Sci0-1
Elective hours40
SHS 599Thesis Research (A thesis is optional, but if completed 0-8 hrs. may be applied)0-8
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 20
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 20
Minimum GPA: 3.0